2018 Warfare Hussars 2oz Silver Antiqued HR Coin
Product Code: 18S1382
* 99.99% pure silver
* Antiqued high relief design
* Final release in three-coin series
* Tuvalu legal tender
* Limited mintage – 2,000
* Numbered Certificate of Authenticity
The final release in the Warfare three-coin series features hussars. The term hussar emerged in Hungary during the 15th century to describe a class of elite, lightly armed horsemen introduced by King Matthias Corvinus. With fast, agile horses, they were invaluable scouts and skirmishers who also provided mobile flanks for heavy cavalry in his powerfully equipped Black Army. Recognising the value of hussars, other continental armies including those of France, Austria, Prussia and Russia adopted the Hungarian style of light cavalry during the 18th century, while Britain transformed dragoon regiments to hussars during the Napoleonic Wars of 1803 to 1815. Hussars are known for their dashing and cavalier demeanour, most notably characterised by elaborate, brightly coloured uniforms. Armed with a sabre and firearms, the hussar’s extravagant appearance was completed by a shako -a tall, cylindrical shaped leather cap topped by a feather plume or pompom.
Struck by The Perth Mint from 2oz of 99.99% pure silver, the coin is issued as legal tender under the authority of the Government of Tuvalu. The Perth Mint will release no more than 2,000 of the Warfare – Hussars 2018 2oz Silver Antiqued High Relief Rimless Coin.
The reverse of the coin portrays hussars charging towards infantrymen during the Napoleonic Wars. Wearing their distinctive uniforms, the moustachioed horsemen have their sabres raised aloft in readiness to strike the enemy. The obverse of the coin portrays the Ian Rank-Broadley effigy of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth II, the monetary denomination and the 2018 year-date. To capture the stunning intricacies of the design, the coin is struck in high relief to a rimless format. The surface has been ‘antiqued’ by hand to give it a unique finish conveying the surface abrasions of an artefact. As a result of this treatment the appearance of each coin in the limited mintage may vary.